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Sprint plans price cuts and eventual layoffs, new CEO tells workers

Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time Thursday and promised price reductions as soon as next week, according to a report.

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone.

AT&T beats other carriers on customer purchase satisfaction

AT&T topped all four national carriers for the third time in a row for customer purchase satisfaction in-store, on the phone or on the Web, according to market research firm J.D. Power.

The news isn't good for Windows Phone

As global smartphone shipments hit a historic high of 301.3 million in the second quarter, the third-ranked operating system, Windows Phone, saw its share of that pie stumble to well below 3%.

Microsoft opens new site for Lumia apps beta tests

Microsoft is closing the Nokia Beta Labs site, but users will still be able to test apps under development via the new Lumia Beta Apps site, designed to elicit more feedback and make it easier for users to participate.

Microsoft makes Bing search more chatty

Microsoft has added some new smarts to its Bing search engine that lets you phrase queries in a way that feels more natural.

Microsoft chooses home automation startups for accelerator program

Microsoft has chosen 10 home automation startups that it will support in various ways through an accelerator program, in the hopes of helping them develop their technologies and products.

Amazon hopes to simplify mobile app testing with new tool

A new tool called Live App Testing from Amazon lets mobile developers distribute apps to a predefined group of users before the apps are launched.

Microsoft whacks Apple with new Surface Pro 3 ads

Microsoft is taking on Apple's MacBook Air with a trio of new ads, doubling down on its contention that the Surface Pro 3 is a better laptop than the real laptop.

Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha's metal frame

Samsung launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones was blamed for the company's recent struggles.

Amazon unveils mobile card reader targeting Square, PayPal

Amazon.com has introduced a card reader coupled with smartphone and tablet apps that aim to provide small businesses with a way to accept payments on these devices.

Former Sprint CEO's severance could top $38M

Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, whose last day was Monday, could get more than $38 million in severance pay.

Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

Two of the hottest startups for requesting rides from your smartphone are accusing each other of dirty tricks.

Chromebooks may grab 5% of PC market, about the same as Apple's Mac

With more than 5 million units expected to be sold this year, Chromebooks will account for about 2% of all personal computers.

Splunk's new Stream app digs deep into network monitoring

Splunk's new App for Stream will give IT departments more insight into their infrastructures by collecting network traffic on response times, network performance and database queries.

Messenger app users worry how Facebook uses a device's phone, camera

Facebook ignited a flood of criticism last week when it began requiring mobile users to load its Messenger app for Android and iOS separate from its basic Facebook app.

School system CIOs are sold on Chromebooks

The popularity of Chromebooks in school districts may be the main reason they're seeing strong year-to-year growth.

Dropbox gives its Android app search feature a massive facelift

Dropbox has improved the search engine of its Android application, as well as given it a document preview feature.

Senator wants curbs placed on fitness data use

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data gathering and sharing practices of makers of personal fitness devices and applications.

Motorola makes a comeback

Motorola Mobility has made an unexpected comeback thanks to its popular Moto G and Moto E smartphones, but increased competition and its looming acquisition by Lenovo make the future far from certain.